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Eric-Jan asked me to post this, it is part of a grouping I am selling of a UD-5 sailor. It's a rather large grouping, but since this is the POW thread, I will post documents related to that topic. 

 

Kind regards,

 

Maurice

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Maurice,

 

Thanks for showing that very interesting POW index card.

 

Part of a great UD-5 - UBoat grouping.

 

If possible, a thread for that grouping is most welcome.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Hi all! I am new to this Forum from WA thanks to Bart. Will scan my Rolf Krohn (camp 18) photos and some more nice photos later on. On this photo there are some nice signatures on the back:

 

From above:

Kurt Schweikert, Oblt.z.See, U-963 (IWO?)

?

Rudolf Hinz, Kdt U-1004, DKiG 26.3.45, +1.12.55

Karl-Hermann Schneidewind, KKpt, Kdt U-1064, DKiG 19.4.45, +12.10.65

Otto Heppe, FKpt, Kdt Z37, DKiG 23.7.44

Ernst Blumenthal, Kpt.z.See (W), crew 1907.

Werner Winter, KKpt, Kdt U-103, RK 5.6.42, +9.9.72

?

Hugo Baldus, Oblt.z.See, Kdt U-773

Jürgen von Gaza, Oblt.z.See, Kdt U-312

 

The other names, not signed, are:

Rolf Krohn U-532, Hermann Lauth Kdt U-1005, Friedrich Brilling 2WO U-218, Helmut Heuer LI U-1204, ?, ?, Helmut Lübke LI U-541,

Gerhard Kuhrt WO U-1171, ?

 

Best

Petrus

 

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Unknown DKiG bearer, text on the back: Photo taken as POW. My DKiG was stolen a once when i became POW.

 

Eberhard Wolff-Vorbeck, Oblt.z.See, Kdt M432, 24.Minensuchflottille (Kanalinseln) DKiG 7.5.45

 

Kurt Petersen, Kdt U-541, DKiG 14.1.44, Photo taken as POW in Gibraltar, later POW camp 18

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Karl-Heinrich Barkhausen, U-26, Maschinenmaat.

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More Camp 18, no names on the back

 

Check out the first photograph of this thread, my friend :squint: ! And a warm welcome to our Forum.

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Hi all! I am new to this Forum from WA thanks to Bart. Will scan my Rolf Krohn (camp 18) photos and some more nice photos later on. On this photo there are some nice signatures on the back:

 

From above:

Kurt Schweikert, Oblt.z.See, U-963 (IWO?)

?

Rudolf Hinz, Kdt U-1004, DKiG 26.3.45, +1.12.55

Karl-Hermann Schneidewind, KKpt, Kdt U-1064, DKiG 19.4.45, +12.10.65

Otto Heppe, FKpt, Kdt Z37, DKiG 23.7.44

Ernst Blumenthal, Kpt.z.See (W), crew 1907.

Werner Winter, KKpt, Kdt U-103, RK 5.6.42, +9.9.72

?

Hugo Baldus, Oblt.z.See, Kdt U-773

Jürgen von Gaza, Oblt.z.See, Kdt U-312

 

The other names, not signed, are:

Rolf Krohn U-532, Hermann Lauth Kdt U-1005, Friedrich Brilling 2WO U-218, Helmut Heuer LI U-1204, ?, ?, Helmut Lübke LI U-541,

Gerhard Kuhrt WO U-1171, ?

 

Best

Petrus

 

Hi Petrus,

 

First of all, Welcome aboard the Historical War Militaria Forum.

 

....hehehe.....and I thought that you would come to this forum because I did sent you a message through WAF regarding your photo and the names on the back......and that Rolf Krohn was standing at the far right on your photo.

 

Looking forward to see your other photos Petrus.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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More Camp 18, no names on the back

 

The only ones on that photo that I can give a 100 % ID are :

 

Rolf Krohn : U-532. POW.NO.B 105680 (M). first row, third one - from right to left.

Klaus Eggers : UD 5. POW.NO.858902. standing, sixth one - from left to right. (lock of hair on his forehead).

Rolf von Bargen, Oberleutnant zur See, I.WO. U-861. first row, fourth one - from right to left.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Looked through my photos and found this nice one! On the back i says "Joseph Adolf REICHARD, Kamp a/Rhein, Bahnhofstr. Hotel Mayer"

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Fantastic work on this Eric enjoyed it!  timothy

 

Timothy,

 

Thank you for your kind words, but this thread was done with the contribution of other HWMF members too.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Helmut Paul Herglotz.

 

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 38)

 

Born 15.3.1918, Berndorf, Wiener Neustadt, Austria.

 

1938   Crew Jahrgang

??.??.???? - ??.04.1941   U-Bootsausbildung.

??.04.1941 - ??.10.1941   Wachoffizier auf U 143.

??.10.1941 - ??.11.1941   Baubelehrung bei der 7. K.L.A.

??.11.1941 - ??.10.1942   I. Wachoffizier auf U 408.

??.10.1942 - ??.11.1942   Kommandanten-Lehrgang bei der 2. U.A.A. und der 24. U-Flottille.

20.11.1942 - 12.12.1943   Kommandant von U 2.

27.12.1943 - ??.04.1945   Kommandant von U 290.

??.04.1945 - 04.05.1945   Kommandant von U 1303.

 

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With spelling error....

 

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Herglotz was not a war criminal.

 

"sie hatten die falsche Person verhaftet" - "they had arrested the wrong person"

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Another photo of POWs Officer Camp in Mulsanne - Le Mans, France.

 

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Left to right.

 

Kapitänleutnant Alfred Eick, CO of U-510.

 

Kapitän Zur See Ernst Kals, CO of U-130, Flottille Chef 2.U-Flottille.

 

Kapitänleutnant Horst von Schroeter, CO of U-123 and U-2506.

 

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Eick is wearing his open shoes / sandals from his Monsun time.

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Fähnrich zur See Felix Urbanski.

 

Crewmember of U-556 under command of KC winner Kapitänleutnant Herbert Wohlfahrt.

 

No.133 Internment Camp, Ozada and Lethbridge, Alta, Canada (Post Office Ottawa).

 

A tented camp for other ranks opened at Ozada, Morley Flats, Alberta May 6, 1942.

There were almost 13,000 prisoners at the camp by September, 1942.

The camp moved to permanent quarters at Lethbridge in November-December 1942.

The camp closed in the fall of 1946.

 

Taken from the British Report of the Interrogation of Survivors.

 

The midshipman, Fähnrich zur See (Midshipman) Felix Urbanski, also being tested for U-Boat service, was a nineteen-year-old Viennese who had been educated at a "National Political Training Establishment" (National Politische Erziehungsanstalt"), a new type of school introduced soon after the Anschluss; the object of such establishments is to provide free education from the age of 10 up to the "Abitur" examination, usually taken at about 18 years of age, for suitable sons of poor parents; special emphasis is laid on "mental and physical toughening in the spirit of National Socialism."

More attention is paid to games than in most high schools; but sport is not allowed to interfere with "Political instruction," a form of enlightenment considered to be of paramount importance and imparted by the headmaster, with reverent quotations from "Mein Kampf."

Pupils chosen for these schools are those intended for military or technical careers; the object aimed at is the increase in numbers of tough and militant Nazis in the fighting forces and in the professions.

 

Urbanski joined the Navy at the outbreak of war, and, after some preliminary training, served in a mine-sweeper for several months.

He had not yet had any U-Boat training at all, and admitted that, had he been considered suitable for U-Boat service, such training would have been hasty and inadequate.

He was an ardent Nazi, not intelligent, poorly educated, gauche, and scarcely suitable to have become an officer.

He professed contempt for the masses of the German people whom he thought stupid and gullible.

 

 

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Felix, sitting at the right.

 

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Oberleutnant zur See Hermann Beckmann served as 2.W.O. on U-27.

 

U-27 under command of Oberleutnant zur See Johannes Franz made one war patrol from 23.08.1939 to 20.9.1939 during which she was able to sink two ships, the British steam trawler "Davara" on 13.9.1939, her entire crew did survive the sinking and were picked up by British steam merchant "Willowpool", the other ship to be sunk by U-27 was the British steam trawler "Rudyard Kipling", her entire crew did survive, she was sunk by scuttling charges from U-27 about 100 miles west of Donegal, Ireland.

The Germans took the crew on board, provided them with food and warm clothes and towed their lifeboats towards land.

After eight hours the men were placed back in the boats within five miles from the Irish coast.

 

U-27 was sunk 20.9.1939 west of Scotland, in position 58.35N, 09.02W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Fortune and HMS Forester.

U-27' entire crew of 38 did survive.

 

As a Prisoner of War Hermann Beckmann did end up in No. 30 Internment Camp, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada (Post Office Ottawa).

Opened in November 1941 at the Ontario Boys' Training School, the Bowmanville camp housed officers and orderlies.

The camp closed on 30.7.1945.

 

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Good stuff EJ, thank you for sharing it and doing a fantastic job (as usual)! A thread I discovered recently and will continue to follow with much interest. 

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Agustin and Timothy,

 

Gentlemen thank you for your kind words and interest.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Maschinenobergefreiter Helmut Oster served on U-340.

 

After U-340's second war patrol Hemut did receive his Ubootskriegsabzeichen in St.Nazaire France.

 

Scuttled at 0430hrs on 2 Nov 1943 a few miles southwest of Punta Almina on the coast of Spanish Morocco, in position 35.49N, 05.14W, after sustaining damage from depth charges from the British sloop HMS Fleetwood, the British destroyers HMS Active and HMS Witherington and a British Wellington aircraft (Sqdn. 179/R). 1 dead and 48 survivors.

 

Survivors were picked up by Spanish fishing vessels about four hours after abandoning their scarcely damaged boat, and were loud in their complaints at having been taken off the Spanish vessels by H.M.S. "Fleetwood."

 

The Commanding Officer, Oberleutnant zur See Hans Joachim Klaus of the 1937 term, was civil but most uncommunicative.

While refusing to discuss the details of the sinking, he inferred that he would have expected to be repatriated to Germany if he had succeeded in reaching the Spanish coast.

His boat had made three patrols and had sunk nothing

 

It was learnt from members of his crew that Klaus was a martinet and cordially disliked, and that "U 340" was the most unpopular boat in the St. Nazaire base.

Conscious efforts were made to avoid being drafted to her.

About fifteen members of the crew had joined the U-Boat just before her last patrol.

The men they replaced were said to have drunk polluted-water and contracted jaundice.

The camaraderie between officers and men usually noticeable in boats with popular Commanding Officers was completely lacking in "U 340," and survivors had nothing but criticism for the attitude of their officers in general and their behavior at the time of the sinking in particular.

 

When scuttled.

After swimming and paddling for about three hours, the survivors were picked up by some Spanish fishing vessels, which apparently did not make straight for the land, but stood out to sea again. Shortly afterwards the survivors were taken off, much to their indignation, by H.M.S. "Fleetwood," which closed and stopped the trawlers.

At 0830 on 2nd November, when H.M.S. "Fleetwood" was sweeping back toward Almina Point, four Spanish fishing vessels were sighted.

On investigation it was seen that a number of seamen, with Mae West life jackets and yellow rubber dinghies, were lying on deck.

Several men were in an exhausted and distressed condition, and it was deemed advisable to transfer them immediately to receive medical attention.

On the advice of the medical officer it was then decided to transfer all survivors in order that they might be given dry clothing and medical assistance.

 

Document and pass-photo shown with permission of Militariarelics

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